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Employer Testing Program (ETP) Information

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Employer Testing Program (ETP) Information

Commercial Employers - Would you like to give the drive test portion of the Commercial Driver License (CDL) test requirements to your driver(s) in lieu of sending them to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)?

If so, the ETP is a third-party testing program in which DMV allows approved public and private employers of commercial drivers to conduct the drive test portion for the DMV's commercial driver licensing requirements for Class A and Class B driver licenses. The ETP requires an employer-employee relationship in order to conduct third-party testing. The DMV administers the ETP in concert with the Federal Regulations regarding employer eligibility, administrative responsibilities, Examiner qualifications, training standards, and on-going inspections requirements for third-party testing programs.

Program Participation Requirements

  • Applicants and employers should review and understand the ETP regulations covered in California Code of Regulations, Title 13, Division 1, Chapter 1, Article 2.1 - Commercial Driver Licenses, Employer Testing Program.
  • Each commercial driver applicant issued a Certificate of Driving Skill, DL 170 ETP, by an ETP employer must have passed a commercial driving test that meets DMV's commercial driving test requirements.
    NOTE: Issuance of a Certificate of Driving Skill, DL 170 ETP, does not guarantee the driver will be issued a commercial driver license. The DMV randomly selects drivers certified by ETP employers to report to DMV within 30 days to take a DMV administered examination as part of our role in monitoring the training and testing programs of approved participants. Any driver failing to report to DMV for the driver test may have the CDL application cancelled or downgraded to their prior license class.
  • Your company must only use, and may not vary from, the DMV approved drive test routes when conducting a commercial drive test.
  • Your company must provide training and testing in the vehicle type indicated on the application; and the Examiner and Administrator must certify to this on the Certificate of Driving Skill.
  • Your company must note if your drivers will be operating vehicles carrying hazardous materials.
  • Examiners must complete and pass a nationwide criminal background check to be eligible for certification to administer CDL test.
  • The Examiner conducting the commercial drive test must have the appropriate class of commercial driver license with any appropriate endorsement(s) and/or restrictions as required to operate his or her company vehicle(s) for at least three years, have passed DMV's Departmental Training Branch ETP Examiner training class and have an approved Employer Testing Program Examiner Certification Application DL 811 ETP on file with DMV.
  • Examiners and commercial drivers employed by an ETP employer must be continuously enrolled in the DMV's Employer Pull Notice (EPN) Program. More information is available at Employer Pull Notice Program.

    Employer Testing Program Original License Forms

    The forms listed below are to be submitted as a packet when requesting first-time participation in ETP.

    Additional Application Package Requirements/Information

    • Your company must have a documented driver testing/training program.
    • DMV will use the information in the application package to determine if your organization qualifies to issue the Certificate of Driving Skill DL 170 ETP, for your employees in compliance with the California Vehicle Code (CVC). Information submitted is subject to verification by DMV personnel.
    • Changes or corrections to a form will void the form unless initialed by the person who made them with two exceptions:
      1. The Certificate of Driving Skill (DL 170 ETP) must be submitted without error.
      2. The Surety Bond form (DL 524 ETP) must either be completed error-free or a Surety Bond rider must accompany the bond. The Surety Bond rider may be used to correct the Principal Name and doing business as (DBA), Employer Testing Firm Service Address, and/or the Effective Date.
    • All submitted forms must be complete or they will be returned.
    • The principal name and DBA(s) must be an exact match on the DL 520 ETP (Application) and the DL 524 ETP (Surety Bond).
    • Prior to receiving authorization to participate in the Employer Testing Program an on-site review may be required. The on-site review will require a demonstration by the employer of a commercial drive test comparable to the standards used by DMV Examiners to license commercial drivers.

    Employer Administrator Requirements

    • An Administrator is an employee who is knowledgeable about the ETP requirements, oversees the employer’s commercial driver license training and testing, recordkeeping, requests renewal and modification of DMV authorization to conduct a licensing test, and acts as an employer liaison with DMV. In order to perform the duties of an Administrator, the person must be designated as such on the DL 520 ETP, Application for Employer Number.

      Note: An Administrator may not act as an Examiner under the same employer number.

    Authorized Representative Requirements

    Authorized Representatives are employees who are responsible for certifying the driver is employed, is required to operate a commercial vehicle in the course of employment, and the driver has attended training and passed a drive test which meets DMV's drive test requirements and standards. The Authorized Representative approving a Certificate of Driving Skill, DL 170 ETP, must be listed on the Application for Employer Number, DL 520 ETP or the DL 170 ETP form will be rejected. In order to perform the duties of an Authorized Representative, the person must be:

    • Designated as such on the DL 520 ETP, Employer Testing Program Application for Employer Number.
    • An employee and required to drive a commercial Class A or B vehicle for work.

    Note: An Examiner shall not act as the Authorized Representative for the same driving test he/she conducted.

    Examiner Requirements

    An Examiner conducts commercial driver license Driving Test on behalf of DMV as a third-party tester for employees required to operate a commercial Class A or Class B vehicle in the course of employment.

    In order to perform the duties of an Examiner, the person must:

    • Have held a valid commercial driver license for the past three years, with the appropriate class and endorsements.
    • Be employed and under contract by an ETP employer.
    • Currently hold a valid California commercial driver license with a commercial class and endorsements appropriate for the type of license for which the authority to test is being requested and which meets DMV's drive test requirements and standards.
    • Have no current actions against his/her California commercial driver license that would disqualify him/her to act as an Examiner.
    • Maintain a valid medical certificate required by the DMV for operating an appropriate class of commercial vehicle.
    • Successfully pass a nationwide criminal background check - DMV 8016, Request for Live Scan Service.
      • Submit a completed DMV 8016 to a Live Scan facility, being sure to request a DOJ and FBI in the Level of Service section and request the results be submitted to DMV, Mail Code 04620.
        Live scan facility locations and hours of operation can be found at http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.php.
    • Successfully pass an Examiner Class provided by DMV. There is a $150 non-refundable Examiner Course training fee.
      Examiner classes are available. Check the schedule for availability at ETP Training Schedule or by telephone at (916) 229-3154. To request training, complete and mail the Refresher Training Request, DL 818 ETP form.
    • DL 811 ETP, Employer Testing Program Examiner Certification Application.

    Renewal Application Forms, Fees, and Requirements

    The ETP employer number is required to be renewed every three years in order to continue conducting third-party drive tests. The Examiner certification is required to be renewed every four years. It is strongly recommended the required renewal forms be submitted at least 45 days prior to the expiration of the employer number and Examiner authorization.

    Employer Renewal
    To renew your employer number the following items must be submitted:

    • Verify the DMV provided list of certified drivers from the previous period.
    • DL 520 ETP, Application for Employer Number and pay a non-refundable $45 application fee.
    • DL 520B ETP, Employer Testing Program Agreement.
    • Route documentation for primary and alternate drive test routes:
      • DL 807 ETP, Employer Testing Program Commercial DPE Maneuver Checklist.
      • DL 814 ETP, Employer Testing Program Commercial Driving Performance Evaluation Route and Directions.
      • A printed map of the drive test route.

    Examiner Renewal
    To renew your ETP Examiner authorization the following items must be submitted:

    • DL 811 ETP, Employer Testing Program Examiner Certification Application

    Examiner Annually Requirement
    In order to continue to be authorized as an ETP Examiner evidence of conducted skills test must be verified by:

    • Submit an Examiner Driver Testing Log, DL 819 ETP, annually to verify 10 vehicle inspections, 10 controlled skills tests, and 10 road tests were conducted of 10 different applicants (10-10-10) in the previous calendar year as a condition to remain certified as an ETP Examiner. If an Examiner was unable to complete this requirement, he/she must successfully pass an Examiner Course provided by DMV. There is a non-refundable Examiner class training fee is $150.
      A schedule of Examiner training classes is posted on DMV’s website at ETP Examiner Training Schedule or may be obtained by telephone by calling (916) 229-3154. To request training, complete and mail the DL 818 ETP, Refresher Training Request form.

    Modification of Employer Testing Program Participant, Administrator, or Examiner

    The following changes are required to be reported to DMV within 10 days of occurrence for modification of ETP authorization. These requests may be made in writing on company letterhead stationary or by submitting a completed and signed DL 520 ETP, Employer Testing Program Application for:

    • A change of address.
    • A change of Authorized Representative.
    • A change in class of license for which driver testing authority is requested.

    Note: When submitting a modification request on the company letter head, the request must include the:

    • ETP Employer Number.
    • Type of change: Address, Authorized Representative, or Class of License.
    • Specifics of the change.
    • Effective date.
    • Administrator signature.
    • Signature date.

    The following changes are required to be reported to DMV within 10 days of occurrence for modification of ETP authorization. These requests are to be made by submitting a completed DL 520 ETP, Employer Testing Program Application for:

    • Change of ETP Administrator.
      • A DL 520B ETP, Employer Testing Program Agreement
    • A change of employer name. This request must be accompanied by:
      • A DL 520B ETP, Employer Testing Program Agreement
      • A DL 524 EPT, Employer Testing Program Surety Bond form or a Surety Bond Rider. This request will not be approved when the principal name and DBA(s) are not an exact match on the DL 520 ETP (Application) and the DL 524 ETP (surety bond) or Surety Bond Rider.
      • If the DL 524 ETP is being submitted, a copy of the surety bond.

    Note: A change of employer name which includes a change in ownership structure requires a new application.

    Additional ETP Forms

    • DL 520C ETP, Employer Testing Program Voluntary Cancellation Request
    • DL 817 ETP, Employer Testing Program Request for Reactivation Employer Number
    • OL 810, Occupational Licensing Section Notification of Commercial Skills Test Schedule

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